Virtual Classroom: What Is It And How It Works

Virtual Classrooms

What is a Virtual Classroom?

A virtual classroom is an online learning environment that allows students and instructors to communicate, collaborate and learn using virtual chat, video, whiteboard, and other online tools. Teachers can upload and manage content online and students can access it anytime as per their convenience.

How does a Virtual Classroom Work?

Virtual classrooms can take care of all the components of traditional learning. So the quality of education need not be compromised. Teachers conduct live sessions with their students where they can either use a whiteboard or a normal board. After the class is done or even during the class, they can share the study materials in the form of pdfs, slides, short videos, quizzes, etc. These sessions can be recorded and saved for future use and self-study.

How to Run Successful Virtual Classroom Sessions?

  1. Preparation of Plan for the Session

    Virtual classroom sessions should be pre-planned. The teacher must clearly communicate with the objective of the session. This will enhance teaching and learning efficiency.

  2. Preparing the Audience

    Teachers should set reminders for the class, informing the students about requirements. The requirements could be as simple as downloading a file, plugging in some extra devices like headphones, etc. This saves the precious time of the session for efficient teaching.

  3. Pre-arranged Study Materials

    Teachers should know what to share. Accordingly, they have to arrange the study materials beforehand to avoid the last-minute hustle. Content must be well organized. This saves time in the virtual classroom sessions.

  4. Arranging a Coordinator

    A teacher should only concentrate on the teaching. A class coordinator should look after the other tasks. The coordinator will share the content, handle the chatbox and look after any technical issues occurring during the session. This would save some extra time for the teacher to ensure effective and efficient teaching.

  5. Following up the Session

    After the completion of the session, teachers conduct tests and assessments to keep the learning process continuous. Teachers should follow up with feedback forms. This is necessary to analyze where the students are lacking behind or if the teaching needs to be improved.

With the above-mentioned points, teachers can create the best virtual classroom experience for students.

Benefits of virtual classrooms

  1. Increased Inclusiveness

    Shy students can freely participate in virtual classrooms interacting comfortably in virtual classrooms. They don’t have the anxiety of raising hands, being judged, classmates watching them, etc.

  2. Cost-Efficient

    Virtual classroom teaching can be cheaper compared to traditional teaching. With virtual classroom teaching, the travel expenses are saved and the cost of investing in learning resources is reduced.

  3. Learning through Visualisation

    With visuals, the learning experience is amplified. The presentation of pictures, videos, and slides imprints the subject matter straight into the student’s mind. This helps in an easy and better revision process too.

  4. Eco-friendly

    Traditional teaching consists of high usage of papers. But, in virtual classroom online teaching, note-making is done through digital tools. It reduces the usage of paper which also reduces the cutting down of trees.

  5. Increased Adaptability

    Students come up with different levels of adaptability. Virtual classroom learning exposes students to new concepts and approaches. The learning process gets easier and faster. It results in better academic performance of students.

The adoption of virtual classrooms will transform the education process. People used to debate what is a virtual classroom? Today people have accepted the power of technology in transforming education. Virtual classrooms unite students from different places. They enable active participation, better learning outcomes, and the evolution of social skills of the students.

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About the author

Prajakta is an Assistant Manager in the Content Marketing team at LEAD. She is an IIT Kanpur alumnus and comes with extensive experience in the ed-tech industry. She believes education is the premise of progress, for an individual, for a family, and for society.

Prajakta Sakpal

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